Thursday, July 27, 2017

Flanders Open Paintout 9/16

Photo of field of sunflowers at Flanders Nature Center, Woodbury CT
Flanders is a haven for birds, bees and artists!

Pomperaug Outdoor Painters (POP) and Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust will co-host a free, open painting/sketching event on Saturday, September 16th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in conjunction with Oil Painters of America.   The center is located at 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury.  Flanders offers a visual feast of preserved pastoral scenes with barns, colonial architecture, ponds and a variety of fields with hiking trails—many painting opportunities for artists and nature enthusiasts. In addition, the former studio of noted artist Natalie Van Vleck will be open for visitors and artists.   The event is free and open to artists of all skill levels to come and sketch or paint for the day—no instruction is provided. Young painters welcome with a parent.  Please, no pets.

In addition, collectors and visitors are encouraged to attend the event to find out more about plein air painting and add to their collections.  Artists will be available to discuss their work, and may display/sell paintings at their easels.  A portion of each sale will be donated to Flanders to support ongoing programs.  Parking is adjacent to the center.  

Artists should bring an easel and art supplies, water, bug spray, a sack lunch, and a couple of paintings to display at their easel if they wish.  Group will break for lunch around noon.  Facilities available.  Rain date: Sunday, September 17. 

POP is a “plein air” (outdoor) painting group formed to promote landscape painting in all media, camaraderie amongst area artists, and to help in the preservation of natural and historical spaces in Southbury and the surrounding area. 

Directions to event: from I-84, Exit 15, travel North on Route 6, pass through Woodbury, then turn left on Flanders Road.  Center will be three miles up, at the intersection of Flanders Road and Church Hill Road.  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pick Veggies or Paint! Maple Bank Farm

Maple Bank Farm in the Fall, Roxbury CT
Maple Bank Farm in the Fall, Roxbury CT

Maple Bank Farm Stand, Roxbury CT
Maple Bank Farm Stand, Roxbury CT

Maple Bank Farm—stock up on veggies or paint!

Saturday, July 22nd, Rain Date Sunday, July 23rd
57 Church St, Roxbury, CT 06783

8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Pomperaug Outdoor Painters will meet for an open plein air painting session at Maple Bank Farm, 57 Church St, Roxbury, CT 06783, on Saturday, July 22nd, (Rain Date Sunday, July 23rd) from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The farm is a popular destination for extremely fresh vegetables, heirloom variety apples, and local goods and delectables.  

It features rolling hills with rocky outcroppings, apple trees, livestock, including chickens, sheep and Scottish Highland cattle, and an adjacent farmhouse with outbuildings. 

This painting event is free and open to artists of all skill levels to come and sketch or paint for the day—no instruction will be provided. 

Visitors welcome to observe art in the making.  Parking at top of hill adjacent to greenhouses. (Please do not park at the farm stand below.)  Painters may drop their gear at the farmstand if they plan to paint there. 

Artists should bring an easel and art supplies, and a sack lunch.  Group will break for lunch around noon.   For views of the property visit

Friday, May 19, 2017

May 27th --Saturday -- Private Estate Middlebury

Quassy Overlook May 27th  Middlebury CT
Quassy Overlook -- Saturday May 27th
Weather looks fine for our morning session tomorrow.  69° and partly cloudy.   Come out and enjoy this beautiful location.

Private Residence — Lake Quassy View
Saturday, 5/27 
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM,
[Rain Date, Sunday 5/28] 

Middlebury, CT
Call (203) 429-4356 or email to reserve your spot and get directions. Limited number of participants.  Painters must pre-register to participate.  Share with friends, but ask them to register.
Features:  beautiful distant view overlooking Lake Quassapaug.  Historic garden area with flowering peonies, an interesting rock sundial.  Renovated carriage house.  In neighborhood of surrounding estates.  A special place to paint.  Bathroom available.  Free.
PRE-REGISTER (to receive address)  -- No fee.
CARPOOL—limited parking. No pets. No instruction. 
Bring Sack lunch, drink, folding chair, for noon-time break.

Sign up for email notifications for future paintouts and opportunities.

#pleinair #MiddleburyCT #Quassy #artists #pomperaugoutdoorpainters

Monday, April 17, 2017

Painters Peony Heaven--Cricket Hill Garden

Paint outside with POP Thursday, May 18th at Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston, CT.
UPDATE:  Dan Fuhrman says there are peonies starting to bloom!

Thursday, May 18, 2017 -- POP painters will gather at Cricket Hill Gardens—an herbaceous and tree peony specimen garden in Thomaston, CT--for a morning painting session from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  The property will be open to painters who love the challenge of expressing the beauty of tree peonies and herbaceous peonies in a natural setting. The garden is located at 670 Walnut Hill Rd, Thomaston, CT 06787.   Painters are in for a treat -- to see the gardens in full swing, and to paint these beautiful specimen flowering plants.  In addition, plants may be ordered for Fall delivery, and your gardening questions related to growing peonies may be answered once and for all.  Rain Date: Monday, May 22.

Please arrange to carpool with your painting buddies, as parking is limited.  Also, you will be walking over mulched pathways on uneven terrain, so bear that in mind.  Please do not block the paths.  Bring a sack lunch and a chair.  We will break at 12 for lunch together.  Portapotty on premises.  NO PETS PLEASE.

If you are into "the figure in the landscape", a clothed model will be posing.  Please let me know if you are interested and can help share the model fees.

Visitors to the gardens and to see plein air painters in action are welcome.

#pleinair #pleinairpainters #peonies #gardens #crickethillgarden

Ellie Boyd, (203) 429-4356

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tax Help for Artists......Just in Time

Artists and Musicians:  Make Tax Prep Easier This Year

Monday, March 20th, 6-8pm,
Washington Art Association & Gallery presents
Kris Roberts, The Roberts Tax Group of Torrington
A talk on advance planning skills, with Q&A
for self-employed artists.

4 Bryan Memorial Plaza in Washington Depot, CT.
Seating is limited.  $15 per person.

Registration: (860)868-2878 or email

Monday, February 6, 2017

Your Dream Painting Spot

Your Dream Painting Spot?

Now is the time of year to offer up ideas for POP painting locations/dates for the 2017 schedule.  To be notified by email of painting locations/dates, and other events, please sign up using the form to the right.

If you have a good spot you'd like to share with a group of 2 to 10 painters, preferably with OK parking and a portapotty or on site bathroom, please email

Thank you,
Ellie Boyd (203) 429-4356

Friday, November 11, 2016

UCC Southbury Hosts Small Paintings and Woodcarvings Show for Holidays

UCC SOUTHBURY hosts small painting and woodcarving show -- graphic.

Southbury, CT -- For the final year, more than 16 artists in paint and wood will bring their creations to UCC's Fiftieth Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Artists from Pomperaug Outdoor Painters and Hat City Carvers are again setting up a pop-up gallery to showcase and sell small plein air, still life, and studio paintings as well handcarved wooden gift items.   

Following in the footsteps of the French Impressionists, John Singer Sargent, Homer and others, painters have taken their easels and paint outside to capture the beauty of the landscape.   Some painters paint only “plein air”. Other painters work in the studio to create universally beautiful scenes of still life, flowers, people, favorite memories.  This year's show will feature small collectible original oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings by:
  •  Zufar Bikbov, 
  • Ellie Boyd, 
  • May Phillips, 
  • Linda Salvagne, 
  • Arline Corcoran, 
  • Anita Gregorski, 
  • Carolyn Bucha, 
  • Shirley Michaels, 
  • David Merrill, 
  • Diane Dubreuil, and 
  • Sandra Wakeen.  

Hat City Woodcarvers will bring carvings of Santa ornaments, wooden jewelry, small Santa statues, bottle stoppers, and other decorative collectibles.  Traditional woodcarving techniques are passed down from carver to carver and encompass many styles from Norwegian flat plane carving to relief, chip carving and carving in the round.  This year pieces will be shown and sold by Ellie Boyd, Marty Sprock and Dennis J. Taylor.

In addition to the popup gallery, the event offers 
  • unique shopping opportunities--crafts, homemade baked goods and jams
  • live and silent auctions with 100+ items (Silent Auction closes at 12:00) Be sure to bid on a $500 Gift Certificate toward the portrait of your choice by Ellie Boyd (Silent Auction) or a "Sip & Paint" Class for Four Friends, Project:  Handpainted Christmas Balls.
  • a great raffle (1st Prize --handmade quilt "Women of the Bible"; 2nd Prize --Microsoft Surface Tablet; 3rd Prize --Amazon "Echo", 4th Prize -- $75 Gift Certificate to Newbury Place.  Raffle tickets are available for $2 each or a book of 10 for $20.  Only 2,000 will be sold.
  • a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and 
  • a delicious luncheon.  
A portion of all sales support UCC Southbury's wider missions.  UCC Southbury is located at 283 Main Street North in Southbury.  For more information call Ellie Boyd (203) 429-4356